Member of the Month: Dr. Barbara D. Culp

Golden Years – - Not Too Late to Start Rejecting Stress  

As a 66-year-old female—who desires to live to at least 100—rejecting stress plays a key role in my day-to-day living.  I take to heart the “Don’t sweat the small stuff, because it’s all small stuff,” view of life.

There is nothing more motivating for me than being present for my five grandchildren and one great granddaughter.  I want to watch them grow and positively influence the decisions, choices and challenges they’ll face.  I have learned to put more emphasis on diet, rest, and nutrition and to keep my mind agile. Working after retirement has been wonderful as it forces me to go to bed at a reasonable time, to eat three balanced meals a day, and to exercise so that I have the energy to perform—often times exceeding the energy level of my younger counterparts.  Although I have only actively worked on releasing stress for three years, I believe I have benefited tremendously in this short time period. The biggest benefit is that I have grown spiritually. I have learned to “give it all to my Maker” and then be led and directed by His purpose for my life.  I call this my “release.”  My release allows me to smile, laugh, exhale and enjoy all of the things that He brings into my life.

While not everyone is on the same path, I’ve witnessed firsthand the transformation that occurs when stress is rejected. In my family, we see eye-to-eye, there is more peace and harmony, our time together is filled with joy and we look forward to our next coming together. With friends I experience more genuine and endearing friendships.  In the workplace, stressors such as deadlines, overtime, overbearing bosses, competitive co-workers, pressure to perform, and clients who have no patience or understanding of what I go through to service them cease their hold over me.  And in my faith, the potential for true growth of purpose within others and me lies in focusing on the BIG picture of why we exist and not on making much to do about nothing.  SRN can best support my continuing efforts and others in stress rejection by continuing to print articles and promote attendance at functions that teach us how to walk the walk, and subscribe to the principle of “each one, reach one.”  Eventually, we’ll all get the message.

Find me in 34 years and ask me to respond to these same questions.  Let’s see if my answers have changed or remained the same!

Dr. Barbara D. Culp, Retired School Administrator,

Student Teacher Supervisor, Writer, Poet, Author, Entrepreneur

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